How to Help for Nov. 17, 2012

Nov. 23 — American Red Cross Blood Drive

Community members and the Elks Lodge will sponsor a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Hood River, at Third and Cascade streets. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. In most states, donors must be age 17 or older. Some states allow donation by 16-year-olds with a signed parental consent form. Additional eligibility criteria apply. To schedule an appointment or for more information visit (sponsor code hoodriver) or call Margo Parker at 541-387-3669.

Through Dec. 19 — “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive

Four Windermere Real Estate offices in the Gorge are again hosting Windermere’s “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive. Now through Dec. 19, community members can bring blankets and new or gently used, laundered coats (for adults and children) to any of the following Windermere/Glenn Taylor Real Estate offices. Donation drop-off hours are listed below. Local nonprofit organizations will distribute donated items to those in need.

n Hood River — 504 Cascade Ave., 541-386-3444, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

n The Dalles — 207 W. Third St., 541-298-4451, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

n Bingen, Wash. (also collecting hats and gloves) — 900 W. Steuben, 509-493-4666, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

n Stevenson, Wash. (also collecting hats and gloves) — 220 S.W. Second St., 509-427-2777, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Through Dec. 21 — HR County Christmas Project

Collecting and delivering food and gifts to 2,127 children, women and men in Hood River County last year required a coordinated effort from many volunteers. Individuals may help in several important ways by:

n Contributing checks to the Christmas Project to help purchase food and gifts: Checks may be mailed to P.O. Box 872, Hood River, OR 97031. All donations are tax-deductible and letters will be mailed to donors.

n Donating non-perishable food items for the Christmas food boxes. See the list of locations for drop boxes below.

n Donating new toys and teen-appropriate items for the children’s gift baskets.

n Volunteering to help pack or deliver items. Coordinated by Kym Zanmiller, the project needs between 200 and 300 volunteers; now, for registration, and particularly during the Dec. 15-21 packing and distribution period.

For more information on how to get involved or sponsor a needy family, call Zanmiller at 541-399-6606 or visit for more information.

During November and December, the following businesses will have food and toy collection barrels where you may drop off items:

Alder Creek Kayak

Bambinos International Learning Center

CenterPointe Bank

Children’s Play Place

Columbia State Bank


Hood River Fire Dept.

Hood River Middle School

Hood River News

Hood River Sports Club

Horizon Christian


May Street Elementary


Naked Winery

Orchard Lanes

Print It/Sign Media



Washington Federal Savings

Westside Elementary

Wy’east Middle School

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